What do you say to a child or teen who’s being bullied?
How about . . .
“Realize it’s not your fault and asking for help and support is not a sign of weakness. Find someone in school that you can trust.”
That’s what Jim Dillon, the third bullying prevention expert in our 31 Making a Difference
list, has to say to kids.
And school climates based on trust and respect are exactly what Dillon helps create. As Director of the Center for Leadership and Bullying Prevention, he aids school leaders in driving the change process, developing positive learning atmospheres, and addressing bullying in their schools and districts.
The Center offers a range of on-site and web-based professional development opportunities, coaching, technical assistance, and workshops. Through climate needs assessments—which include the views of parents, students, teachers, and non-teaching staff—and evaluations of program implementation and outcomes, the Center informs schools and districts about what’s working and what needs improvement. It supports school leaders who are exploring, implementing, or enhancing bullying prevention programs and offers webinars, speaking engagements, articles, and more to help schools shift their cultures.
So what does Dillon have to say to administrators and other leaders to help them make this shift?
“Realize that bullying is not just a problem to be solved but is related to how people treat one another. Be guided by principles and high standards for how all people are treated.”
According to former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings, Dillon’s book No Place for Bullying
offers the best guide for championing those high standards and making "respect the 'fourth R' taught in your school."
Dillon stresses that "bullying is not an isolated problem that can be fixed by a policy, program, or protocol." Rather, policies, programs, and protocols can support top-led initiatives to make schools true communities. Check out how Dillon's Peaceful School Bus Program helps decrease misbehavior by encouraging kids to build relationships:
For more from Dillon and The Center for Leadership and Bullying Prevention, be sure to download our Bullying Prevention Tip Kit
. The kit includes Dillon’s Top 5 Culture-Changing Tips for Schools and The Ultimate Bullying Prevention Advice Guide,
which features advice from Dillon and others to help kids, teachers, administrators, and advocates.